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Dr Jennifer Martin



Senior Lecturer, Communication


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Comm & Creative Arts


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2018

+61 3 924 68852


Jennifer's research explores how journalism can ignite our emotions and encourage us to live well together as a society. She has developed the 'Virtue Map' as a means of identifying how journalists use their reporting and writing skills to make us feel emotion when we read their work. She is the author of a book on the topic:  'Emotions and Virtues in Features Writing: the Alchemy of Creating Award-Winning Stories' (Palgrave, 2021).

Jennifer is interested in issues of gender, race and power in the media and her research asks who gets to tell our stories, what stories are told and what does this reveal about who we are?

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Career highlights

2018 – 2020: Edward Wilson Research Fellow for the 'Women, Leadership and the Media' Project.

Research interests

Narrative journalism, civic virtues, emotion in journalism, issues surrounding race and gender in the media.


Member of the International Association of Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS):

Member of the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA):

Member of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA):

Teaching interests

Journalism, narrative journalism, media ethics, gender issues, civic journalism, multi-media journalism.

Units taught

ACC700 (post graduate) Communication and Creative Arts Internship: Unit Chair, 2022-2023.

ALJ216 - Feature Writing :Unit Chair 2020-2023; Tutor 2017, 2019.

ALJ218 - Podcasting and Audio Journalism: Unit Chair, 2023.

Co-lead designer of the ALJ716 post graduate Unit: Writing the News, 2022.

ALJ111 - News Reporting 1: Unit Chair and Tutor 2022.

ALJ112 - News Reporting 2: Unit Chair and Tutor 2021-2022.

ALJ728 (post graduate) Feature Writing: Unit Chair 2020, 2021.

ALJ220 - Journalism in Society: Unit Chair 2018; Lecturer 2017, 2019, 2020.

ALJ215 - Multi-platform journalism: Unit Chair 2017, 2018.

ALJ304 - Local Community Journalism: Lecturer 2017.

ALJ710 (post gradutate) - Multimedia Journalism: Unit Chair 2017.

ALJ722  (post graduate) - Investigative and Narrative Journalism: Unit Chair 2017.


Jennifer has reserach expertise in narrative journalism, Australian media history and issues surrounding the media and gender. Jennifer's career as a journalist spans three decades across print, broadcast and online, including working as a journalist with SBS Radio and the ABC Melbourne newsroom.
  • Communication
  • Culture
  • Gender issues
  • Journalism
  • Local government
  • News
  • Women's issues



Martin, J. (2019). ‘Saving the ‘silent voyager’: Mapping virtues through an examination of the role of emotion in Australia’s first Walkley Award winning story by cadet, Eva Sommer.’ Australian Media Traditions Conference: Media Convergence: Continuities and Change, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 27–29 November.


Martin, J. (2018). ‘Mapping Virtues in Walkley Award-Winning Literary Journalism – an exploration of the role of affect in Australian feature writing’. Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia Conference 2018: Journalism from the margins to the mainstream, Hobart, University of Tasmania, 3¬–5 December.

Martin, J, Ricketson R and Lucy Smy. (2018). ‘Best practices in Australian staff-student collaborative publishing: the survey results’, Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia Conference 2018: Journalism from the margins to the mainstream, Hobart, University of Tasmania, 3¬–5 December.

Martin, J, Ricketson R and Lucy Smy. (2017). ‘Best practices in Australian staff-student collaborative publishing: an overview’, Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia Conference 2017: The Second Coming of Journalism? Rebirth, Resurrection, Renewal, Resistance, Resurgence, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, 4–6 December.


May 11-13: Martin, J. ‘Writing Aboriginality: A Case Study Examining How Indigenous People Have Been Portrayed in the Winning Feature Entries for Australia’s Top Journalism Prize, the Walkley Awards’. The Twelfth International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies, Halifax, Canada.

Dec 4-6: Ricketson, M., Martin, J. and Lucy Smy, 2017. ‘Best practices in Australian staff-student collaborative publishing: an overview’ (2017) at the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA) conference: ‘The Second Coming of Journalism? ‘Rebirth, resurrection, renewal, resistance, resurgence’, held at the University of Newcastle, December 3-6, 2017:


International Association of Literary Journalism Studies Conference, Brazil, May 19-21(IALJS-11): “Literary Journalism: From the Center, From the Margins”. Panel Topic: “Indigenous Literary Journalism: A Global Exploration”.

Paper title: Martin, J. 2016. ‘Telling untold stories to reveal the dark heart of a nation: Can award winning literary journalism help Australians to live well, with and through the media?’ 


Martin, J. & Muller, D. 2015. ‘A New Symbiosis? Opportunities and Challenges to Hyperlocal Journalism in the Digital Age’ by Andrea Carson, Denis Muller & Jennifer Martin, University of Melbourne, at the Future of Journalism Conference, Cardiff University, September 2015.

2013: Martin, J and Carolyne Lee (2013) ‘Making the real readable: making space for literary/narrative writing in journalism education’ Presentation at the Journalism Educators’Association of Australia Conference, December 4, 2013.

Media appearances

Former co-host, with John Langer, of 3CR's weekly radio show, 'Communication Mixdown':

Former host of University of Melbourne 'Up Close' Podcast:

Research groups

Deakin University School of Communication and Creative Arts: Rural News, Networks and Imaginaries Cluster.

Deakin University School of Humanities and Social Sciences: Contemporary Histories Research Group.



Australian Post Graduate Award Scholarship.


United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Prize:

Awarded for a radio documentary on East Timor and new evidence on the death of the Australian journalists, ‘The Balibo Five’, at the hands of the Indonesian Government. This award was won with Andrew Kruger, producer of SBS Radio program ‘World View’ and my fellow reporter, Heather Paterson.


Jessie Mary Vasey Award: Best thesis on Women’s History, War Widows Guild of Australia.


Walkley Digital Archive Project: The Walkley Digital Archive aims to bring together six decades of award winning stories that can be easily accessed by the touch of a button. Along with Professor Matthew Ricketson and our Deakin library team, we created and built a pilot website which is the first step on a journey to collate and present these award winning stories so that they can be used to inform research and reporting techniques and to entertain and teach future generations:

The pilot produced a ‘proof of concept’ for a digital archive of the Walkley Awards in the form of a small-scale working prototype of a basic repository to act as a showcase to base decisions, planning and costing for a full-scale production archive. The link to the Walkley Digital Archive Pilot is available here:


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A brief history of literary journalism in australia

J Martin, W McDonald

(2022), pp. 41-58, The Routledge Companion to World Literary Journalism, B1

book chapter

Phronetic Journalism: How One Reporter's Story Helped Women "Mutilated" by Their Gynaecologist Fight for Social Justice

Jennifer Martin

(2022), pp. 279-292, Literary Journalism and Social Justice, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The Walkley Digital Archive Project

Jennifer Martin

(2022), JO3

Non-Traditional Research Output

Emotions and Virtues in Feature Writing The Alchemy of Creating Prize-Winning Stories

Jennifer Martin

(2021), London, Eng., A1


The emerging deficit: changing local journalism and its impact on communities in Australia

Margaret Simons, Andrea Carson, Denis Muller, Jennifer Martin

(2020), pp. 379-388, Routledge companion to local media and journalism, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Saving the silent voyager: Mapping virtues in the writing of eva sommer, australia's first walkley award winner

J Martin

(2020), Vol. 42, pp. 261-277, Australian Journalism Review, Adelaide, S.Aust., C1

journal article

The promise and perils of staff/student publications in australian journalism programmes

J Martin, L Smy, M Ricketson

(2019), Vol. 41, pp. 211-224, Australian journalism review, Bristol, Eng., C1

journal article

Writing Aboriginality: The Portrayal of Indigenous People in Australia's Walkley Award-winning Features

Jennifer Martin

(2018), Vol. 10, pp. 9-+, LITERARY JOURNALISM STUDIES, C1

journal article

A new symbiosis? Opportunities and challenges to hyperlocal journalism in the digital age

A Carson, D Muller, J Martin, M Simons

(2016), Vol. 161, pp. 132-146, Media international Australia, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

To 'shift into the eye-sockets of the people in the story': teaching magazine feature writing through literary journalism

J Martin, C Lee

(2014), pp. 1-15, Text, [Australia], C1-1

journal article

Long Form Journalism and Social Justice

Jennifer Martin, Matthew Ricketson

(), JO3

Non-Traditional Research Output

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Digitising the Walkley archive project.

Prof Matthew Ricketson, Dr Jennifer Martin, Dr Shaun Bangay

The Walkley Foundation Limited

  • 2019: $35,000

Optimal Digitisation of the Walkley Archives

Prof Matthew Ricketson, Dr Jennifer Martin

The Walkley Foundation Limited

  • 2020: $10,909


Associate Supervisor

Felicity Biggins

Thesis entitled: Journalist or novelist - How do readers receive works of literary journalism?

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication and Creative Arts